January 2015 Empties

It's that time of the month again - empties! Sadly 2015 didn't get off to the best start on that front as I didn't use up quite as much as I'd like, but I did manage to get rid of a few things and make some space in the stash. Let's see what's on this month's list...


Proactiv Smoothing Primer
I was very kindly sent this primer by the lovely Sali Hughes after I met her at an event (thank you Sali if you're reading!). It's designed to provide a smooth base for make-up and help combat spots thanks to the inclusion of salicyclic acid and white bark. Whilst I'm not entirely certain how much of an impact it's had on my breakouts, I definitely feel like my make-up lasts much longer when I wear it but without my skin feeling overly greasy. You don't need to use very much of it at once either which makes it really good value for money. Worth considering if you have combination or oily skin and are in the market for a new primer.

Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder
No, your eyes do not deceive you - that is an entirely empty powder compact. To be fair I did slightly cheat at this because I was given it by a friend when it was already partially used, so it's not all my own work, but I feel oddly proud of that! This is a really lovely powder; it's very fine, goes on nicely, lasts a long time (around 5-6 hours before needing to reapply) and is a good yellow tone for my pale skin but also doesn't oxidise the way some powders can. It is a bit more expensive than some other high street options but it's definitely worth looking at if you're after a new powder.


Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo
This was a sample in my December Birchbox - I've had quite a few hair products from there now, and so far they've all been a success. This was no exception; even used on its own it left my hair feeling soft and nourished and looking shiny, and also had that lovely hairdresser's shampoo smell which I really like. It is a bit on the expensive side and I have loads of shampoo to use up so not sure I'll be reinvesting soon, but it's been really good for stopping the straw-hair look during the cold winter weather which is always a bonus!

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Which I think is a fancy way to say 'scrub'. This was a sample in a Birchbox a few months ago and I really like it. It works better as a morning cleanser as it's exfoliating, but it's creamy rather than overly scratchy so didn't feel too harsh on my skin (which gets particularly sensitive in cold weather). One thing I noticed is how well it worked on my spots and scars; even after just a few days this had helped fade even some of the angriest red marks and the life cycle of my spots was much shorter. It is a bit more expensive than other cleansers I've tried and the fact I can't really use it as a make-up remover means I probably won't repurchase, but if you also have problems with scarring, breakouts or dry patches it might be worth considering.

Honorable mentions

Vaseline Derma Beauty Spray Compressed Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - reviewed here

What have you used up this month? Have you tried any of these products?


  1. I still need to try that shampoo as I have that to try as well and used to go to an 'electric' salon! I am also so intrigued by proactiv because my skin is terrible xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

    1. Proactiv is definitely worth trying if you can - I think they sell it in Boots in the bigger branches (they definitely have it in Westfield) and on the website.